The Cowboys and Giants head into the last three weeks of the 2011 season with a lot on the line. The NFC East division title is still up for grabs. I was looking at the NFL tie breakers and added where both the Giants and Cowboys stand as of right now.
The Cowboys and Giants are tied in the NFC East with 7-6 records. Of course the Giants are ahead due to their victory last weekend in Dallas. Here is the breakdown of the tie breakers.
1.Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
Giants 1-0 vs Cowboys
Cowboys 0-1 vs Giants
Both teams play each other the last week of the season
2.Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
Giants are 2-2 vs NFC East. Home games vs Redskins and Cowboys are left
Cowboys are 2-2 vs NFC East. Home game vs Eagles and away game vs Giants are left
3.Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
Giants are 5-2 vs common opponents
Cowboys are 5-3 vs common opponents
Giants have Jets left as a common opponent
Both beat the Rams
Both beat the Bills
Both beat the Dolphins
Giants beat the Cardinals. Cowboys lost to the Cardinals
Giants beat the Patriots. Cowboys lost to the Patriots
Giants lost to the Seahawks. Cowboys beat the Seahawks
Giants lost to the 49ers. Cowboys beat the 49ers
Giants play the Jets in 2 weeks. Cowboys lost to Jets
4.Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
Giants are 4-6 vs NFC with Redskins and Cowboys left
Cowboys are 5-4 vs NFC with Buccaneers, Eagles and Giants left
Seems confusing, but it’s very simple for the Cowboys. Win all three games and they are NFC East Champions.
Let me add one more possibility to the NFC East battle. If the Cowboys, Giants and Eagles all finish the season with 8-8 records the Eagles would win the NFC East based on sweeping the Cowboys and having a better division record than the Giants.
Here they come around the final turn! The Giants are ahead of the Cowboys by a length with the Eagles close behind. And the winner is….?